Imagine a place where the lush greenery of the rainforest meets the pristine golden sands, a destination where adventure and tranquility coexist, offering something for everyone in the family. Welcome to Costa Rica, the ultimate family vacation destination

Costa Rica, known for its lush landscapes and vibrant wildlife, is among the top family vacation destinations globally. Its unique blend of adventure, education, and relaxation offers countless activities that cater to children of all ages and interests. Here, we dive into nine fun things to do with kids in Costa Rica, ensuring your family vacation is filled with excitement, learning, and unforgettable memories.

1. Rent an ATV or Mountain Bike and Take a Ride! 

ATV rental is the perfect – and definitely the most fun – way to explore the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula. If your family loves adventure, you can go on a self-guided tour through lush tropical forests and make memories that will last a lifetime. Prefer biking? Rent a mountain bike through Ylang Ylang Resort and take the ultimate ride through the jungle! 

2. Visit Cabo Blanco National Park

Only 7 km from the Ylang Ylang resort, Cabo Blanco is home to one of the most beautiful tropical forests in the world. In addition to spectacular beaches and abundant wildlife. Hike the trails on your own or hire our naturalist guide to take you through the park.

3. Tambor Bay Sunset Cruise

There’s nothing quite like a Costa Rican sunset, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than by boat. Ylang Ylang offers a beautiful boat ride in the calm waters of Tambor Bay. Experience white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and spectacular sunsets over the mountains of the Peninsula. Perfect for the whole family. 

4. Experience a Ziplining Adventure

For adrenaline-pumping fun, ziplining through the canopies offers an exhilarating perspective of Costa Rica’s lush forests. Suitable for older kids and teenagers, Ylan Ylang offers this breathtaking experience in our own zip-line canopy tour. As a bonus, you’ll be able to take a refreshing swim at the Montezuma waterfall during the break! 

5. Take a Family Surf Lesson 

With gentle waves and professional instructors, kids can safely catch their first wave, making it a memorable part of your family vacation. Ylang Ylang offers 3-hour lessons that are ideal for beginners. 

6. Visit the Curú Wildlife Refuge

This is our number #1 recommendation for a guided tour. You’ll get to view Costa Rica’s incredible wildlife while exploring trails and pristine beaches that are like no other beaches in the world. We highly recommend this unforgettable wildlife experience for your whole family!

7. Go Turtle Watching in Tortuguero National Park

For a truly unique experience, visit Tortuguero National Park during turtle nesting season. Witnessing sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach at night is an unforgettable experience for kids, combining adventure with wildlife conservation education. Ylang Ylang offers a 50-minute boat ride tour to and from Tortuga Island that includes a stop at a nearby island to snorkel! 

8. Try Kayaking in the Mangroves

Kayaking through Costa Rica’s mangrove forests allows families to explore these unique ecosystems up close. It’s a peaceful yet adventurous activity, suitable for kids who enjoy water sports and nature exploration.

9. Go Horseback Riding on the Beach!

You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced riding a horse on a beautiful Costa Rican beach! Ylang Ylang offers an unforgettable 3 1/2 hour ride along 7 different beaches and jungle trails, stopping at the famous El Chorro waterfall. 

Experience Costa Rica in Unparalleled Comfort and Hospitality 

Costa Rica’s diverse attractions make it one of the best family vacation destinations, offering activities that cater to every interest. Whether your family seeks adventure, wildlife encounters, or cultural experiences, Costa Rica promises a vacation filled with enriching discoveries and joyous memories. 

We hope you’ll consider Costa Rica for your next family getaway, and take off on an adventure that will be treasured for a lifetime. Nestled in the heart of this paradise, the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort awaits to provide you with an unforgettable stay, blending seamlessly into the natural beauty that makes Costa Rica a world-class destination. Book your family vacation now and let Costa Rica’s wonders unfold before you.

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